New High Sheriff takes over

By Richard Wright

Sunday, April 13, 2014


New High Sheriff takes over

From left, chairman of the bench Chris Holmes, previous Isle of Wight High Sheriff Mary Case, Judge Peter Ralls, Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White, new High Sheriff Claire Locke, the Rev Kevin Arkell and Under Sheriff John Matthews.

MODERN businesswoman Claire Locke questioned the ancient role of High Sheriff — briefly — before coming to the conclusion it was highly relevant to 21st century life.

Mrs Locke became the Isle of Wight’s new High Sheriff at Carisbrooke Castle, where, in medieval times, the Constable of Carisbrooke Castle would have carried out the duties of the high sheriff and coroner, at times maintaining a garrison there.

After paying tribute to outgoing High Sheriff Mary Case "for her tireless work for the Island community", Mrs Locke, from Newbridge, said: "Let me pose a provocative question. In the 21st century, what’s the point of being a high sheriff? "

She said the holder of the now ceremonial position originally maintained law and order and the role was now widely interpreted as promoting good citizenship.

The founder of Island-based Artigiano, the most successful catalogue and e-business in the UK, has chosen job-creating enterprise and business as her main theme for her year of office.

Her second objective is to revitalise the 15-year-old charity fundraising High Sheriff’s Trust.



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by Gaspard Postlethwaite

15th April 2014, at 12:10:22

Actually Sam I thought Mary looked rather fetching in her nice feathery hat and High Sheriff ensemble..........long may the tradition continue!

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by RobiN BoX

14th April 2014, at 19:48:57

As long as its All Totally Voluntary and not costing us ANYTHING (at all) on already stretched ' Rates' then its good - perhaps -

If not then there's plenty of better ways of spending money !
NEED to be self financing ! Otherwise ! !

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by sam smith

14th April 2014, at 19:04:09

Excellent....lets all dress up in feathers and parade around the Town...wait a minute this Office is for the rich or the huntin' shootin' fishin' sailin' cocktail party brigade....plebs not allowed!

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by Stephen Elliott

13th April 2014, at 10:45:17

I think were all questioning the role also.

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